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Characteristics: Shrub 2 m spread 1.5 m
Seeds per packets: 15
An attractively coloured shrub growing to 2 m tall with numerous stems growing from the roots.
The young leaves in spring are brightly coloured pink to red before turning green, old leaves turn red or purple again before falling.
The flowers are white, borne in early summer in conical clusters held well above the foliage followed by bright red berry 5-10mm diameter ripening in late autumn.
Widely grown in gardens as an ornamental plant
Originates from China and Japan.
Adaptable to most soils in a protected sunny position, drought and frost resistant.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.
General note: Seeds of many species are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.